5th International Independent Videogames Festival in Berlin - April 20 to 22, 2016
– extra exhibition day on April 23, 2016

A MAZE. / Berlin 2015
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A MAZE. / Berlin brings together international independent game developers, digital creatives and game enthusiast in Berlin. A MAZE. / Berlin is also a public festival with an mind-blowing music lineup, an hand selected exhibition of videogames, virtual reality experiences and interactive installations.

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A MAZE. / Berlin is an unique and cultural investigating international platform for games and playful media that invites professionals and creatives from various fields to exchange their knowledge and visions, presenting their projects, playing, making contacts to collaborate on future projects.
A MAZE. / Berlin represents games beyond the mainstream and celebrates the art-form and not the product.


Festival Tickets

Expect three days of inspiration, skill, celebration and play at one of the most influencial game festivals in Europe. More info about ticket categories: Festival ticket shop (via Eventbrite).

Got any questions? Contact us via email ticket@amaze-festival.de.

A MAZE. Awards - 20 games will compete in 5 categories

Submit a Game! Become a Judge!

Since 2012 A MAZE. awards The Most Amazing Game. The winner is selected by an interdisciplinary, international and 100% independent jury. 2014 A MAZE. extended the award to three categories and the audience award. 2015 we’ve introduced our fourth category the "Other Dimensions Award” which is dedicated to play in virtual reality. The trophy consists out of three independent elements: a pink silicone cube, a metal ball and a concrete socket. Thorsten S. Wiedemann, the artistic director of A MAZE. explains: "The pink silicon stands for interactivity and playfulness, the concrete socket for culture and meaning, and the embedded metal ball for connectivity and completeness."

Submission fees: First early bird till November 30, 2015 : 35€ Another early bird till January 15, 2016: 45€ Regular submission till March 1, 2016: 55€

The categories are: “Most Amazing Game Award (3000€)”, “Human Human Machine Award”, “WTF?! Award”, “Other Dimensions Award (VR)” and the “Audience Award”.

See detailed category infos.

A MAZE. Award Ceremony

  • April 22, 2016 (7pm-8:30pm)

A MAZE. Program

Interaction is not only about presentation but also about sharing, learning, and exchanging: Invited artists will teach best practices in technology and creativity for artistic and media practices. Focusing on the convergence of digital art, experimentations and games, the talks and workshops provide the artists and developers the opportunity to present projects, artists philosophies as well as discuss and reflect upon them with audience members. 2016 we are keen to also take a journey to science and into more technology subjects. The famous additional evening program stages like every year concerts, av performances, dj sets, screenings and tournaments. And not to forget the great game exhibition, which will be open till late.

First program highlights in February 2016.

A MAZE. Exhibition

Artistic and experimental games are often off the mainstream and allow for different experiences with forward-thinking and playful views, often not for entertainment only. Technology is used as playground for artistic expression and innovative interaction with audiences interested in critical reflection and meaningful interaction. Discover virtual reality experiences, local multiplayer games, interactive installations and many more of this versatile art-form.

The public exhibition consists of The Other A MAZE. Selection, The Brain Installation, Pop-Up Games, Open Screens, More VR Selection, and the 20 nominees for the 5. International A MAZE. Awards 2016.

A MAZE. International Co-/ Production Village

Already started in 2015 with small huts, 2016 A MAZE. will stage a village where different countries are able to display a small selection of the very best of independent games and alternative games of their country. It will be a world showcase, an international market with the intention of enable co-productions throughout with the support of public funds. National and international funding institutions, but also game labels, distribution platforms and publishers are invited to play and meet the developers of upcoming unique and experimental projects.

More about this new and important module in February 2016.


About A MAZE.

A MAZE. established since 2008 is an international label in the field of independent and alternative games, playful media and games culture. Interdisciplinary, game-centered events and productions transcending media channels and cultures are the signature feature of A MAZE. Our portfolio includes the production of festivals, exhibitions, conferences, workshops, game showcases, game jams, artist in residence programmes and a magazine.

A MAZE. represents the current state of artistic and experimental game design, alternative games and interactive digital arts. With the pop-up events and appearances in different creative scenes including in Croatia, Romania, Palastine, Russia, South Africa we are the cultural ambassador of artistic game development and underground games culture. A MAZE. / Berlin in April and A MAZE. / Johannesburg in September are since 2012 established annual festivals that highlight controversial and unique games and their creators.

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10115 Berlin

HBR 141938 B Berlin-Charlottenburg

Steuernummer 29/003/07052
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Founder and CEO:
Thorsten S. Wiedemann

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Artistic director:
Thorsten S. Wiedemann

Program editor / Conference coordinator:
Lorenzo Pilia

Award coordinator:
Matthias Löwe

Exhibition coordinator:
Miguel Alvarez

Workshop coordinator:
Sebastian Uribe

Guest Management:
Svenja Anhut

Volunteers coordination:
Franziska Zeiner, Jackson Wood

Open screen coordinator:
Philipp Schäfer

PR + Press:
Nike Wilhelms

Director's assistance:
Merle Leufgen

Technical support:
Iwan Gabovitch, Adam Streck

Florian Stolzenhain

FUK Graphic Design Studio